The Key to Speed up Your Growth in Chess
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Matthew Pratt

Matthew Pratt 1 year ago

This is a great blog post. I agree we need to challenge ourselves. I think this site is full of things that will help challenge me. Its worth noting that the admins of the site are grandmasters who climbed the mountains of chess before the age of 20. Many of the members here are over 30 and still at the lower levels. Ive often wondered what it takes for older players to succeed. There once was a forum post at chess.com where people looked for someone who had become a master after learning chess after 20. They found almost no one, not a single example. It might be interesting to examine that topic in a future blog post. Again thanks for the post Gab.
Joso Skarica

Joso Skarica 1 year ago

Maybe the older players here should organize a study group :) I am pushing 40, and it is hard to memorize all the opening lines. 
Thomas Sanderson

Thomas Sanderson 1 year ago

I'm starting to despair a little at how bad I am at remembering the lines
ARNAV maheshwari

ARNAV maheshwari 1 year ago

Nice blog I used to do wrongly but now I mean past a year I have started working and it is working for me not by rating but a heavy improvement
Daniel Suru

Daniel Suru 1 year ago

Hi! It's a good topic but how can I understand which are my weaknesses in order to know in which part of chess I must do more difficult things to improve? I am a 1600-1700 ELO player from about 5 years and I play chess every day but I don't see improvements from a long time and I'm tired of it.
GM_Avetik Grigoryan

GM_Avetik Grigoryan 1 year ago

Daniel, just playing will not help, if you are not working on chess correctly and you don't have a good mentor. 

Ovi S

Ovi S 1 year ago

Thank you for a completely new concept! I am in the trap of solving already familiar puzzles that really are not helpful. Will try the puzzles and see...they do seem way above my capability.
Inguh Kim

Inguh Kim 1 year ago

Time for me to restart the puzzle book that was a bit over my head =)
Nils Philipp

Nils Philipp 4 months ago

Short and sweet. Just one thing to add:

I (unwillingly) left my comfort zone when I tried to solve the first exercise in “Mastering Chess Middlegames: Lectures from the All-Russian School of Grandmasters” by Alexander Panchenko. Going through the first chapter on the attack was very interesting and I had no problems following the illustrative examples. But then came the first exercise. After 20 minutes I still felt that I did not got it right and checking the solution confirmed that.

But what I want to add is that with dealing with problems out of your comfort zone not only comes growth. 

Typically you will see new ideas or more sides of the beauty of chess. Seeing and understanding the solution of the exercise was really an aesthetic/mental enjoyment and a great reward for leaving the comfort zone.